Immunisation at Sibu Indoor Stadium only for one day

Dr Chin Zin Hing

KUCHING: Sarawak Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing has clarified that phase two of the state’s Covid-19 immunisation programme using the Sinovac vaccine at the Sibu Indoor Stadium is for one day only, which was on Monday.

It was reported earlier that the second day of the programme at the vaccination centre at Sibu Indoor Stadium today had to be postponed because the centre had not received its supply of vaccines.

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee said the new date would be announced later through the MySejahtera application.

“To members of the public who have registered as vaccine recipients either through the nearest health clinic counter or through the district office/community head or through MySejahtera, appointment dates will be set through the MySejahtera application for Phase II and Phase III,” said a spokesperson of the Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee.

Dr Chin told New Sarawak Tribune by phone today that the second phase of the immunisation programme would continue at Sibu Hospital from April 23 onwards.

He explained that prior to that, Jalan Oya Health Clinic did ask people to come to register for the vaccinations and appointments were made.

“For this particular programme, it has a different schedule. We have to cancel it as no vaccine has been made available for it.

“Take note that this is not related to the vaccination programme at Sibu Indoor Stadium which was only for one day,” he stressed.

Asked if there were sufficient vaccines for the upcoming immunisation programmes starting April 23 in Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Kapit, Mukah and Miri, Dr Chin said they take place as planned.

“The vaccinations are according to the schedules because they have all been planned. The doses have been readied.

“They should be according to what we have planned,” he said.

Dr Chin added that the second dose of the vaccine given under the first phase of the state’s Covid-19 immunisation programme was also ongoing.

On Monday, 924 senior citizens in Sibu district received their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under phase two of the state’s Covid-19 immunisation programme.

The one-day programme was held between 8am to 5pm on that day.

Phase two of the immunisation programme is for the high-risk groups including senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Sarawak’s first phase of the vaccination programme rolled out on Feb 26.

Those that have yet to register for the vaccination can do so by registering at Special Committee of Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV)’s website at https://www.vaksincovid.gov.my/, MySejahtera application or at the nearest district offices or Resident Offices.